Did you under estimate on your floral budget while planning and received sticker shock when you first saw your proposal from the florist? Have no fear; you’re not alone! While we already know that 7-10% of your total wedding budget should be allocated to your florals, what does that mean for what you get at your price point? Many couples set aside exactly the right percentage of the flower centerpiece budget, but do your floral taste and style match up to the physical product? It’s often that couples over anticipate what their budget will allow, which leads to a higher than expected floral proposal from their chosen DC wedding florist.
So today we are sharing two similar style low reception centerpieces from Petals Edge; this will allow us to compare the cost difference between high end and moderate arrangements. Just because you have a budget to meet for your wedding does not mean you cannot have beautiful flower centerpieces! Its all about choosing the right blooms and style of arrangement to meet your budget and aesthetic needs. Thank you to Audra Wrisley Photography for shooting all of our lovely blooms for this breakdown!
The two low reception centerpieces above are examples of splurge versus moderately priced arrangements.
“Splurge” Reception Low Centerpiece
This particular centerpiece, on the left, is packed with luxury blooms such as garden roses, orchids, and oversized dahlias. A high end arrangement is more sizable and will make a larger footprint on the reception table, giving the appearance of an abundance of flowers. In our sample arrangement, Petals Edge used a decorative metal compote bowl that is considered a rental item. Specialty bowls can range from mercury glass to vintage milk glass; these are more expensive due to the cost of replacing them if they are broken or taken by guests at the end of the night.
Exotic, seasonal, and delicate floral blooms can be the reasoning behind a more expensive centerpiece or bouquet. Orchids are exceptionally beautiful and delicate, but often raise the overall cost of arrangements due to their origin and expensive import cost. Oversized blooms like dahlias and garden roses offer a high impact and unique texture to an arrangement. While they take up more floral real estate inside the centerpiece, their high cost can negate the missing alternative blooms. Some local DC wedding florists procure their dahlias locally, and we absolutely love the amazing colors and textures available in this region in the late summer to fall.
Often couples see minimalist Phalaenopsis Orchid centerpieces, and think this is an easy, inexpensive centerpiece idea to help cut down their floral budget. However, with these stems needing extensive prep and care prior to the wedding coupled with exotic importing, the cost can be surprising, starting at a wholesale price of $30 per stem!
1. Peach Stock 2. Peach Juliet Garden Rose 3. White Ranunculus 4. White Hydrangea 5. Café au Lait Dahlia 6. Seeded Eucalyptus 7. Phalaenopsis Orchid 8. Pink Spray Roses 9. Pink Astilbe 10. White Rose
Alternatives to consider: Try swapping out garden roses for traditional roses to lower the price point of your arrangement. Thinking that you hate grocery store roses? Well, wedding florists can work wonders on certain rose varieties and create a more open appearance which will give a beautiful ruffled texture to the same roses!
High Impact Arrangements: When deciding where to best allocate your floral budget, your centerpieces are your most visible and noticeable impact. If you need to be picky with your budget, consider asking your florist to utilize the more expensive floral blooms in low arrangements as they are the most visible to guests when sitting down directly at the table. Keep less costly flower varieties in elevated arrangements as they are less scrutinized over the dinner portion of the evening as they are above your guest’s heads.
“Save” Reception Low Centerpiece
The centerpiece below is the more affordable variation of our samples, just as lovely in nature but without the size and depth of the first arrangement. To make it more affordable, we have removed the exotic blooms, and exchanged garden roses for traditional pink roses. This arrangement is also filled with more hydrangea which reduces the need for alternative blooms, but gives less texture. To reduce the overall cost, a plastic gold vessel was swapped in for the specialty compote bowl, as these are disposable and do not require pickup at the end of the reception.
Alternatives to Consider: Sad to give up those big huge romantic Café au Lait dahlias? Have no fear, have your florist add them into your bridal bouquet or escort card table arrangement to get a bigger impression in a more budget friendly way. Also, adding in texture with greens such as seeded eucalyptus or jasmine vine can add volume to your arrangement to make it look larger or more impactful on the table. (And greenery is the pantone color of the year so you are on trend!)
When working with your floral designer, talk through all aspects of your vision to make sure you are clear on your budget and design style. Bring photos and explain thoroughly what you like about those centerpieces or bouquets. A great florist will be upfront and honest about what you should expect in addition to your options to stay within both style and budget. Once you receive your proposal after your initial consult, communicate with your florist about changes to enhance or reduce the final cost. This is not the time to haggle for a discount, but instead discuss if alternative blooms can lessen the cost or if you can add in a design element you might have held back in the meeting.